Apply for a Passport at the Library
The Plaistow Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility for the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department of State is experiencing long delays in processing applications.
We are accepting Passport applications on a limited basis by appointment. Please call ahead.
Click here for more information and answers to frequently asked questions: Travel.State.Gov
An appointment is required for passport services. Appointments may be made by calling the Library at 603-382-6011.
*Passport acceptance agents are on rotated schedules for Saturdays. Please call for availability.
Additional Entry Requirements
As a Passport Acceptance Facility, the Library does not issue visas. If you plan to travel to a country which requires an entry visa, please contact the Consulate or Embassy of that particular country.
Visa issuance normally takes from 2 weeks to 2 months. To check the visa or other entry requirements for a specific country, please visit the website for the Department of State Consular Information Program.
For new adult passports, any child passport, and any renewal of a passport issued more than 15 years ago, you'll need to apply in person. When applying for a passport in person, for each individual you need to bring:
- A completed, unsigned application for passport (DS-11), filled out in black ink (download an application or fill out a form for printing)
- Evidence of U.S. citizenship
- A photocopy of evidence of U.S. citzenship (may be copied at the library for 10 cents)
- A photocopy of identification (may be copied at the library for 10 cents)
- A photo of yourself that meets DoS requirements. Passport photos are available at Wal-Mart, most pharmacies, and some US Post Offices.) Note: Plaistow Post Office does not provide passport application or photo services.
- Passport fee in check, money order or cashier's check made out to "U.S. Department of State". Fees vary -- please consult the Department of State's website and/ or verify the amount with a Library passport agent. (In limited cases, travelers may be eligible for a no fee passport.)
- Execution fee ($35) in cash, check, money order or cashier's check made out to "Plaistow Public Library."
** Please note that special requirements apply for children under the age of 18 **
If you are renewing an expired adult passport issued within the last 15 years, you will have to apply by mail. Renewal forms are available online through the Department of State website and at the Plaistow Public Library.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find passport application details on the Department of State passport page and from the National Passport Center (877-487-2778). The U.S. Department of State has the sole responsibility for examining applications and issuing passports.
How long does the appointment take?
Please allow up to an hour.
How long does it take to receive my passport?
Application processing times vary and are dependent on volume at the Department of State. Routine processing is now 10-12 weeks due to COVID, up from 4 to 6 weeks. Expedited processing takes now takes 4-6 weeks, up from 2 to 3 weeks. This situation is in flux so click here for current information: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/processing-times.html
How can I get Expedited Service?
If you need a passport in a hurry (less than 4 to 6 weeks), the Department of State provides expedited service for an additional $60. Please contact a passport agency or center rather than the Library if you're traveling in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Further details are available on the Department of State Expedited Services webpage.
Where can I get an official copy of my birth certificate?
If you were born in New Hampshire, visit the State Department of Health’s Vital Records page.
If you were born in another state, visit the CDC’s page with links to each state’s vital records contact information and website.
Where can I get information about the status of my application?
Status of an application can be checked via the Department of State's website or by calling 877-487-2778.